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    10-20-2009, 11:58 AM
I do think 15H - 15.2H is a good round average size for many QH's.. I like that size way better than 16H+ because I don't need a cheater to get on. LOL
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    10-20-2009, 12:24 PM
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The Foundation Quarter horses and the original "standard" was between 14 and 14.3. Over the years people have really bred for size. The reiners, barrelers, speed demons are still pretty much 15hhs and below. The newer hunt and western pleasure horses range between 16 and 17 hands....
    10-20-2009, 04:25 PM
My foundation Bred Quarter horse was 16 hands. She was a big girl.
    10-20-2009, 05:17 PM
My trainers QH was 16.3h and he was THICK it was ridiculous he was nothing but muscle
    10-20-2009, 11:03 PM
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QHs aren't generally known to be giants -esp the ones bred for gaming/ranch work- but they come in all shapes and sizes now. We have several in our barn that are papered that are well over 16 hh.
    10-21-2009, 02:18 AM
Over the years, I have seen QH's in every shape and size. Ranging from my horse Sis, who was barely bigger than pony sized. Maybe 14 hh but wide and stocky to horses like Buck, who were 16hh and outweighed a standard car . Some of them now vary from being the squatty bulldog type to the tall, lanky TB type and every variation in between.
    10-21-2009, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
The Foundation Quarter horses and the original "standard" was between 14 and 14.3. Over the years people have really bred for size. The reiners, barrelers, speed demons are still pretty much 15hhs and below. The newer hunt and western pleasure horses range between 16 and 17 hands....

While that is partly true, it is not total. Joe Hancock a sire that was foaled in the 1923 was 15.3. Joe Hancock ~ one of the all-time great sires of rope horses There have always been the 14 to 15 hand Quarters Horses, and they are more commonly seen in the arena in reining and cutting. But, their are taller foundation QH's, too.
    10-21-2009, 01:10 PM
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I said "pretty much" 15hh and below you big meanie head! LOL.... hmph. Put me in my place!
    10-21-2009, 01:23 PM
Agreed Kentucky--I was going to poiunt out the "big" progenitors of the AQHA breed as well.

Peter McCue, foaled in 1895, grandsire of Joe Hancock and ancestor of many other Quarter horses, was 16 hands and over 1400 pounds. Here is a great article on him--

Old Fred, another pre-registry horse who made a big impact in future AQHA programs and who appears a multitude of times in the extended pedigres of many QHs today, was also reported as being a tall, heavy horse-- in fact the legend goes that Coke Roberds found him hitched to a freight wagon and bought him to replace Primero-- and was quoted to have said of Old Fred, “You could breed Fred to a draft mare and get the best work horse you ever hitched, and you could breed him to a race mare and get yourself a racehorse."
    10-21-2009, 02:06 PM
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